Fact Check: Olive Garden Did NOT Revoke 'Never Ending Pasta Pass' For Sean Hannity And Capitol Insurrectionists

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Olive Garden Did NOT Revoke 'Never Ending Pasta Pass' For Sean Hannity And Capitol Insurrectionists Just Kidding

Did Olive Garden announce it was revoking the "Never Ending Pasta Pass" for any customers identified as a participant in the invasion of the U.S. Capitol, along with the revocation of Sean Hannity's "Lifetime Pasta Pass"? No, that's not true: The person who created the meme has acknowledged he was making a "social media statement" as a joke. He has deleted the original post.

The appeared in a post (archived here) published on January 8, 2021, under the title "There's NO WAY this is real". It opened:

At Olive Garden, "We're all family here." Our traditions, like unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks, have been enjoyed all over the country and throughout the entire political spectrum.
It has come to our attention that a few of our guests had taken part in a viscous attack on our nation's Capitol. We have worked with the FBI and the Holiday Inn in Washington, D.C. to identify several guests who both frequented our restaurants and participated in the violent uprising against our government this week.
In response, Olive Garden has invalidated our Never Ending Pasta Pass for several guests and revoked a Lifetime Pasta Pass from Sean Hannity.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sat Jan 9 18:07:52 2021 UTC)

This is the meme:

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While some people may believe it is a real Olive Garden statement, most people quickly realize it is a joke. The person who created it eventually deleted it because of the confusion:

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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